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Growing Food Shortage Behind April Drive:
OVER 25% OF STUDENTS IN 11 HIGHLAND PARK, HIGHWOOD SCHOOLS ARE FOOD INSECURE

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Growing Food Shortage Behind April Drive
OVER 25% OF STUDENTS IN 11 HIGHLAND PARK, HIGHWOOD SCHOOLS ARE FOOD INSECURE

Citing growing food insecurity, Moraine Township in north suburban Lake County has enlisted the aid of Sunset Foods in Highland Park in sponsoring a special food drive April 11-13. The dates coincide with two major religious holidays, Passover, which begins at sundown April 14, and Easter on April 20.

At Sunset Foods, Township volunteers will display food bags valued at $10, $25 or $50 and ask shoppers to add a contribution to their shopping bill to help the Food Pantry.

"There is growing food insecurity in our community. A staggering 27.5 percent of students in 11 Highland Park and Highwood schools qualify for the low-income Federal free and reduced price lunch program. To help meet this need, a food pantry is maintained at the Moraine Township office in Highland Park for income-qualified residents," according to Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.

"We are very fortunate to have the significant ongoing support of Sunset Foods, which throughout its long history has been a leader in community service," Bassi said.

Moraine Township in Lake County, Illinois includes residents in Highwood, most of Highland Park, and portions of Lake Forest and Deerfield.

For further information call:
Anne Flanigan Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor: 847-432-3240
Cindy Wolfson, Township Trustee: 847-370-4726
Volunteer Media Counsel, Herb Rozoff: 847-922-5330

Food Drive Location:
Sunset Foods, 1812 Green Bay Road, Highland Park (west side of Green Bay, just north of Central Avenue)

Food Drive Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. April 11-13, 2014

 

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